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One Of Three Shooting Suspects At Large

<p><strong>Wanted</strong>. John James Schneider is still sought in connection with a shooting at a Booneville residence on Aug. 16.</p>

Wanted. John James Schneider is still sought in connection with a shooting at a Booneville residence on Aug. 16.

One of three men wanted in connection with a shooting at a Booneville residence on Aug. 16 is still at large.

Arrest warrants were issued for three men suspected to be involved in the altercation in which a Booneville man was shot in the arm.

At approximately 4 p.m. on Aug. 18, Paul Neil Schneider, 25, and Steven Allen Cox, 28, were taken into custody without incident at a residence on Staten Drive in Booneville according a Booneville Police Department press release. John James Schneider, 28, remained free a week later.

Paul Niel Schneider and Cox were both being held in jail in Booneville earlier this week. Bond was set at $25,000 last Wednesday.

BPD Chief Al Brown said the Schneider men are brothers and Cox is their cousin.

Brown siad it is undetermined which of the trio fired the bullett that stuck Thomas Johnson.

Arrests were delayed after the incident in the 300 block of South Sharpe Street shortly after 7 p.m. on Aug. 18, because, according to Brown, most or all witnesses were intoxicated.

The BPD received a call that a “riot” was in progress and when they arrived they learned a resident had been shot in the arm with what was likely a small caliber weapon, Brown said.

The wound, Brown said, was “like a graze” entering Johnson’s arm above his wrist and exiting his body about an inch to an inch and a half away. Johnson refused medical treatment from emergency personnel who responded to the scene.

Johnson told police that he was in his residence drinking beer when the doorbell rang and three individuals were waiting outside and started a fight. Brown said Johnson told investigators he was defending himself and at one point he saw a gun and subsequently heard a shot.

As to what triggered the incident Brown said it was unclear but the investigation is looking into drug and or previous altercation connections.

The shooting is the second within the city limits this year, in addition to a beating death and a woman killed when she was struck by a hit and run driver.

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